Favorite Silky saw

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  1. dbltap45acp

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    On my last trip out i finally got to use a Silky saw and use it side by side with my Baco Laplander. The Silky pocket boy blew it away honestly. It cut at least twice as fast. So, I'm looking for one now that can still fit in a pack for bushcraft/car camping use. Any suggestions? Thanks everyone

    Kinda wish someone had a bucksaw that could have been used along with the others to see if one really stands out
     
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    The F180 (large tooth) is the same form factor as the Laplander but a better cutter. That's what I have packed for the past couple years. I have a big boy now thanks to a GAW and also have a Opinel #12 saw. Those three have my sawing needs covered for anything smaller than a base-camp bowsaw setup.
     
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    Super accel 210 is the right balance between size and ability for my main pack.

    Pocketboy for a shoulder bag.

    Sugoi 360 for an almost chainsaw replacement around the house.
     
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    I wanted a Silky saw, but at the end I went for Laplander. I don't race with the saw to get "the best of the best", but I wanted something that will not tear apart my pocket if is without sheath - and Silky has the design for this. And I wanted a saw that stays closed no matter what, unless I want it open.
     
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    Gomboy 240 with medium teeth.
     
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    Pocketboy 170 with large teeth. It is small, light, and aggressive.

    For bigger stuff, I have a Gomboy with extra-large teeth (I don't believe they make that option anymore). It is a great saw.
     
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    keeping eye on suggestions in case i decide to get one to compare against my corona which imho is pretty awesome
     
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    I also have this one. It's the only folding saw I've ever tried and I must say it exceeded my expectations. Great saw, IMO!
     
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    I've got one of the Super Accel 210 also, great little saw for the pack.

    Then, I found the Katanaboy 500 on sale for $120 at Walmart.com, and couldn't resist. This one is a little big for general backpacking, it's 2 lbs. But man what a saw.
     
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    My favorite is the one I use the most.... my Pocket Boy with a Medium blade on it. Normally they come with fine blades by the teeth count on the medium blade means it is ALWAYS with me.

    My four larger saws, including the 'fixed' Zubat are used around the yard lots of the time.
     
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    I like my fixed Silkys. Zubat, tsurugi, Ibuki, or Tsugoi. I use them for work, and appreciate longer lengths and less moving Parts than the folders, even when I'm playing.
     
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    Big Boy w/ the Xtra large teeth. Packs small and is a beast.
     
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    I prefer the Silky Bigboy with extra large teeth. A lot of folks in my SAR unit carry these in our winter packs.
     
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    Fo' shizzle. Large or xtra large teeth are where its at for Silky blades. As a professional arborist who has used hundreds of blades I cannot really tell a qualitative difference between the cut from a medium tooth saw or a large tooth saw, only in the amount of time it takes to saw the wood. An XL tooth leaves a noticeably rougher finish, but I don't think that makes any difference for a tree trying to compartmentalize the wound, and it darn sure don't make no difference for a piece of dead wood.
     
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    The wonderful thing about that extra half pound or so is that you can darn near build a cabin with that and a medium sized axe. I have seen trees pull their own roots out of the ground, hike their pants up, and run off through the brush from the looks of a Silky saw.
     
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    Katanaboy 500,

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    I keep a large tooth pocketboy in my saddlebags for jillpokes, pack grabbers, hat racks, punji sticks etc on trails.
    Use it pretty often, man does it cut!
     
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    270mm Gomby with Medium teeth. The medium teeth seem to cut a lot faster when cutting dry wood (firewood)
     
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    Yep, medium teeth for dry wood.
    Large teeth for green.
    Got 3 of those, and I prefer the longer blade of tne 240 for camping and the pocket boy for hiking.
    I'd say get the longest you can feet on your pack.
     
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    I love my bigboy. Got a spare blade at a discount and made a walnut/maple handle. Ended up around 12oz. Total, and its cool because i made it. Win /win

    I think its a large teeth. In any case, its a very efficient tool!
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    Edit: yes its held by a bike seat clip. Works OK.
     
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    silky bigboy wear gloves will cut you to the bone!!!!
     
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    I remember that pile of wood from our last visit when I came out with Chris. I missbit out there, tell the wife I said hello.
     
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    Is that you, Elliot?

    We buy firewood by the log truck load. One load lasts about 4 winters.
     
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    Yes sir, it is. That massive pile only lasts four winters?
     
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    That's about it. The load is about 14 cords of logs.
     
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    That's crazy brother. I had one cord that lasted me three years, but then again, it wasn't the sole source of heating the house. We need to setup another trip where we can all get together again and do some shooting.
     
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    Damn, I see that and picture thousands of spiders breeding in all that wood. Then storming the house and laying eggs in my mouth while I'm sleeping. Hahaha

    You are a bigger man then I am.
     
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    We have propane forced-air too, but the woodstove is a nicer heat, and doesn't need electricity.

    You , and Chris and Pete are always welcome.
     
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    Thanks brother, I will get a hold of Chris and see if we can get the ball rolling for another vacation.
     
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    Sounds good, I'd suggest fall or spring to avoid the wildfire danger (shooting), and it's just been blazing hot lately, I think it hit 100 today.
     
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    Copy that, I'm happy at around 65-70.
     
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    I've got two, 240 and 210 Gomboy. I've used both and each has excelled on all levels cutting quickly, cleanly and efficiently. I believe both have medium teeth.
     
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    I Like the Gomboy 240 , and LOVE the Katanaboy 500 . That with a splitting axe easily kept me in firewood for the week trip I just came back from. I took 60 Ft. spruce down no problems and bucked them up with that saw. If you can pack it , it's the tool to take.
    Still lighter than an axe and processes a whole lot more with less effort. I'm sold on saws.
     
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    Man, that's just gorgeous, well done!

    I suspect it is a lot lighter than the original Bigboy too?
     
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    Indeed, mine is a little under 12oz, the original is a little over 20oz. :4:

    1/2lb. Lighter is huge!
     
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    Actually, the Bigboy is advertised as 450gram or 1 pound or 16 ounces. But that's still a nice weight difference at 4 ounces, and a gorgeous saw you have there.
     
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    Oups i didnt read the whole thing but they also say:

    "There are folding saws and then there is the BIGBOY. With a blade length of over 14 inches, the BIGBOY offers a larger cutting capacity, extended reach, and longer stroke for fast cutting. This saw can handle large limbs, small trunks and even many construction projects with no problem. Lightweight, with a thicker and stronger aluminum handle and longer blade, the BIGBOY is perfect for cutting larger jobs down to size. This saw weighs just 1.25lb (570g). If you need to cut bigger material than what an average length folding saw can handle, the BIGBOY is a “must have” in your cutting arsenal. Only the BIGBOY 2000 with XL teeth has a curved blade. The fine, medium and large tooth versions have straight blades. "

    So i dont know what to think... Maybe its 570g with a bag of some sort?

    Edit: there you go you can add a solid case with dangler that weights .5lbs. that would explain. My mistake.
     
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    Ah yes, they make a sheath for it too. I think @Waidler has the sheath for the Bigboy, and while you're here check out this man's awesome wooden Bigboy a few posts up!

    My Bigboy is still traveling to me from Japan so I can't weigh it just yet.

    I can share some F180 pics for those that are interested though:

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    edit: I might as well include some info while I'm at it. The Laplander doesn't need an introduction I believe but the 2 other saws in the last photo are the Opinel Nr 12 (hate it with a passion) and a Gardena something. Both have have a 9 TPI blade vs 6.5 on the red handled F180 (there also is a yellow handled F180 with a 12 TPI blade).

    The F180 kicks all of their butts, even on very hard seasoned Lilac. It is also a bit more pocket friendly then the Bahco since it is lighter and has a slightly thinner handle.

    Lastly some weights:

    Opinel: 120gram
    Silky F180: 160gram
    Bahco: 190gram
    Gardena: 250gram
     
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    I have a Silky 'BigBoy' I like a lot. The blade is the 'medium' tooth pattern (I think?). It's Pretty aggressive! The saw was recommended to me by Drew Langsner, Master Woodworker Country Workshops, during a bowl and spoon carving course I took in '2015. It's an excellent tool. Goes through Palmetto like a hot knife through butter. Also, makes quick work of Live Oak.

    I hope this helped.

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    I just ordered a Big Boy in Medium tooth from Amazon. I already have a large tooth 170 Pocket Boy and my son has the same in 130. Looking forward to what twice the blade size, and a slightly thicker blade will do. I wanted to try a medium tooth pattern this time as this will be more for dried fallen/standing wood for burning than trimming live branches. I'm expecting it to do well.
     
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    If weight isnt an issue the combination of something like the BigBoy and a F180 or Pocketboy seems to be an awesome setup.

    If weight and size is an issue you would probably go for a 210 or 240 gomboy.
     
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    Looks like medium and large blades are most popular. I know large is for green wood medium for soft.

    Which blade would be better at walking the line between the two? I want to get a pocketboy for hiking. Mostly to process firewood, but want to cut green wood now and again. Should I just go large so green wood doesn't clog the teeth of a medium?
     
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